Three new exhibits open at Pendleton Center for the Arts

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The Pendleton Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of three new exhibits this month with a public reception 5:30-7 tonight. The community event is free..

In the main East Oregonian Gallery, artist Doug Kaigler will unveil a series of sculptural works. Kaigler has been a professor of art at Eastern Oregon University for more than 30 years and keeps up a steady studio practice, exhibiting his work throughout United States and Japan, including inclusion in the 2001 Governor's Art Exhibit.

The body of work on display is informed by Kaigler's engagement with the river.

"For years now, I've been drawn to rivers," Kaigler said in a press release. "I walk along them, stand in them, draw them, fall in and for them, read and write about them, sit by them, have my picture taken with them, trudge through them, introduce them to friends, talk to them, float on them, drink and eat from them, listen to them, gaze into them, sleep by and dream of them." he said. "I recognize that I'm inclined to do all those things because the river is teaching me something... something about myself, my connections to others and where I fit in the larger systems of life."

In the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery, Helday De La Cruz is showing his portfolio of paintings and photographs. The 20 year old college student fell in love with painting only two years ago and is showing work created since then. Most of his paintings are portraits with a hint of abstraction.

"My work is inspired by anything my eyes absorb throughout the day," De La Cruz said in a press release. "It is easy to find inspiration if I'm able to focus and spend time doing something. There's something I can't explain, but I get joy out of sketching, painting, or photographing people, especially those who allow themselves to be looked at as art, and let me attempt to portray them.

A featured spot in the Pendleton Foundation Trust Fine Craft Gallery spotlights the photography of Dave Byrd. Byrd is the director of Parks, Recreation, Facilities and Cemetery for the City of Pendleton. He's been exploring photography as a serious art medium for many years and is exhibiting photos showing a wide range of subject matter and inspiration.

The Kaigler and De La Cruz exhibits will be on display through September 2 and the Byrd exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30. Galleries are open 10-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is always free.

For more information visit online at www.pendletonarts.org or call 541-278-9201

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